Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem

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Deir Rafat, spiritual lung of the diocese of the Holy Land

Celebrated on 25th October according to the liturgical calendar, the feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Palestine, brings together thousands of faithful each year at the shrine dedicated to her, in Deir Rafat.   Founded by Patriarch...

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Useful links

www.catholic.co.il
Saint James Vicariate
for Hebrew-speaking Catholics

www.custodia.org
Custody of the Holy Land

www.cmc-terrasanta.com
Christian Media Center

catholicchurch-holyland.com
Catholic Church in the Holy Land

www.virtualtoursantosepolcro.org/
Virtual tour of the Holy Sepulchre

From the Holy Land

The Order’s deep bond with the Holy Land is already clearly evident in the Order’s very name: the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.

Knights and Dames of the Order care greatly for the fate of this land, and endeavor to "sustain and aid the charitable, cultural and social works and institutions of the Catholic Church in the Holy Land" (from the OESSH Constitution, article 2).

In this section you will find information on places and communities of the Holy Land, updates regarding the Order’s specific activity, and current news.



Projects

In exercising its mission in support of the Christians in the biblical lands, the Order of the Holy Sepulchre spiritually and financially supports structures pertaining to the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem (schools, seminars, centers), both through stable and continuous projects as well as projects that can vary from year to year depending on the needs that are presented to the Grand Magisterium of the Order by the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem and by the Reunion of Aid Agencies for the Oriental Churches, ROACO, which depends on the Congregation for Oriental Churches.

 

"Job creation" program for youth in Gaza

"Job creation" program for youth in Gaza
Sami El-Yousef, Administrative Director of the Latin Patriarchate, shares updates with us from Jerusalem as we approach Easter. While we Catholics live Holy Week accompanying Jesus in the central events of his passion, death and resurrection, Jews are also preparing to experience Passover and Muslims are in the midst of the month of Ramadan. "So Jerusalem will undoubtedly be very busy in the coming weeks as each faith celebrates according to their own traditions, in their designated...

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Some projects carried out in the Holy Land

Some projects carried out in the Holy Land
Over the past two years, the Grand Magisterium, in agreement with the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, has decided to invest more on some small projects in the Holy Land compared to large construction projects. In 2018 the Grand Magisterium of the Order continued its support of those major projects already underway, such as the completion of the work in the new church in Jubeiha and the restructuring of a kindergarten in Hashimi (both in Jordan), but above all the important project that...

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Two projects were recently completed in the Holy Land

Two projects were recently completed in the Holy Land
Thanks to a contribution from the Austrian Lieutenancy, the Latin Patriarchate school in Nablus was able to upgrade its IT equipment. The Saint Joseph school has 22 classrooms, one PC laboratory and one library for a total of 608 students. The PC laboratory was very old and needed immediate rehabilitation since nowadays computers are useful tools for different subjects across the curriculum. The Latin Patriarchate therefore considered the upgrading of the IT equipment of this school a priority...

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The work of the Holy Child Program in Beit Sahour

The work of the Holy Child Program in Beit Sahour
The relationship between the Holy Child Program and the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre began several years ago. The Mother General of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist, Mother Shaun Vergauwen, would meet periodically with the Grand Master of the Order, Cardinal Edwin O’Brien, who took an interest in the activities of the community, and in particular, their work in the Holy Land. This relationship took on new impetus when a grant was submitted to the Order, for sustainability of...

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An overview of 2015 in the Holy Land

An overview of 2015 in the Holy Land
In reflecting upon the events of 2015, it is important to remember Israel’s Parliamentary elections, held on March 17, which brought the victory of the Likud Party of the Premier Benjamin Netanyahu with 30 of the 120 Knesset seats in Israeli Parliament. In this regard, the regional director of the Pontifical Mission for Palestine, Sami El-Yousef, in his Eastertide letter expressed concern with respect to what he saw as “the most right-wing government in the history of the State of...

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